Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Poll: 57 percent of Florida voters disapprove of Gov. Rick Scott

A big weight holding down any serious trial balloons Florida Gov. Rick Scott might launch to test whether he could be a viable candidate for president, could be the low regard a majority of Floridians hold for him.

A new Quinnipiac University poll found that 57 percent of Florida voters disapprove of the job he is doing, compared to 29 percent who approve. That only compounds the fact that Scott received less than half -- 48.9 percent, to be exact -- of the vote last fall in winning election.

(In case the pollsters didn't call you, you can still register your opinion in an online poll at

The recently completed legislative session did no favors for Scott in the eyes of those surveyed. On April 6, a similar poll found a 35 percent approval rating for Scott.

"The good news for the governor is that he has three and a half years to turn public opinion around," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Hamden, Conn., university's Polling Institute.

But maybe not enough time to strengthen his base in Florida in preparation of a late entry into the race for next year's Republican presidential notion -- an option that Scott said this week he has no interest in pursuing.

Other findings from the poll:
  • 56 percent of voters disapproved of the Florida Legislature.
  • 53 percent of voters disapproved of the budget adopted by the legislature.
  • 61 percent of voters do not think the budget will aid with job creation in the state.
  • 54 percent of voters said they do not think the budget is fair to people like them.
  • 47 percent of voters said they think budget cuts go too far, compared to 18 percent said they don't go far enough and 22 percent said they're about right.
  • 74 percent of voters said property insurance is getting more expensive, and 63 percent said it is becoming harder to obtain.
Back to idea of Scott running for president.

Miami New Times has an interesting list, first published in February, of 10 reasons Scott would never make it to the White House.

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